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Guide for figure sizing when you start off section the paper into nine equal parts you can do this by folding or with a ruler then follow above guideline. The head taking up 1/9 shoulders 2/9 waistline in 3/9 hips 4/9 knee 6/9 mid-calf 7/9 ankle 8/9 feet 9/9

When drawing fashion illustrations it is more normal to use 10 head rule for a more elongated model. Men's drawings use the same head sizing but slightly larger head which in turn will give you a taller, larger model.

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Tips for practicing your fashion sketching /drawing pick up a fashion magazine, such as Vogue with lots of photographs, choose a simple photograph to copy study the stance of the model and try to copy on paper looking at the guideline of the figure in 9 parts. If you start with a straight forward stance/pose, looking at you. Once you've the basic outline you can then draw the clothes, look at the way they hang, float, drape... use colour if it helps you but you can also just use pencil or pen, once you get your drawings in proportion it'll be easier to get the clothes right, don't worry about the features yet or the hair, keep working on the sizing, you can work on A4 or A3 paper the same rule applies just the draw the body bigger! If you struggle with the figure but have burning designs in your head and want to move on, then use your first drawing as a template (you can proudly show off your own work later knowing you did the whole drawing) either make a stencil or easier to photocopy it a few times so you can move on and design or copy the pictures you found in the magazine, but don't give up on the figure eventually you'll want to do it on your own. You could photocopy a few pages in the magazine then draw around the shape so choose a scantily clad model or you won't see where the actual body parts should be. You can also copy the figure here and then draw the clothes over your figure, start with figure hugging styles that way you're more likely to be happy with the end result. Example draw thin spaghetti straps on the shoulders, a tight bodice, add a pattern or some stitching detail maybe a beaded bra top with a lacey midriff, a hip hugging pair of jeans would be a good place to start. Think about what you would see - highwaisted or hanging low, maybe a button, belt, some belt loops and a fly front. Or leggings with no detail, just some shading. keep at it until you're happy with how it's shaping up. Then make another one. Keep your early drawings as they'll be a reminder of how much you've improved over time. If you've got an eye for design and colour then you can be adventurous imagine what colour's would mix well, invest in good pencils from the art shop if you can you'll find a great choice of colour's including skin tones and metallic, great for detail. You'll soon be adding cool hair and make-up but keep at the figure first.

Our Step by step guide for fashion design illustration

Using ten head guide, for the elongated look. First draw lines equally on the paper numbered
1 to 10
, and a vertical line down the centre, you can number each line to help you. Then draw an oval head shape in the centre resting (chin) on the first line, as below.


Next carry the dotted line (centre front CF) through to line 4. Line 3 is the waistline so for a slim silhouette draw outer lines down from the shoulder
line tapering in gradually to line 3. Draw slightly curved lines continuing from the waistline on line 3 down to almost line 4. This is the base of the trunk area. Draw two curved lines from the outer lines meeting at the centre front line.


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Here's some ideas to get you started, check what you already have, as you can explore with different media and get varying results, no need to buy everything...You can use make-up, particularly fun for faces or attempts at sheers and voile fabrics. Use eye shadows and blush powders, you could dabble with others but watch it doesn't smudge. Use a little hair spray to set your work, don't over spray though have a practice on a scrap piece to see how it works.You can use gel pens, they're usually in bold colours, and dynamic, felt tipped pens (if they run out and you can get the end cap off-sometimes near impossible- drizzle vinegar inside for added life) sharpie pens make sure using thicker paper or they will just bleed through. Paints, watercolour, oil pastels, micron pens, charcoal, basic colouring pencils then move to more specific ones available in many shops selling art supplies. Invest in skin tone pencils they'll really make a difference once you're happy with your drawing skills. You can use gold and silver pens for decoration. Then for blending rather than dirty fingers, try a rubber/erasor or small make-up sponges. Even cut a small cleaning sponge into little pieces, whilst having a go. You could even make fashion collages with scissors, glue and magazine pages (more glossy and brighter colours).
Start a scrapbook with all your ideas, you can include scraps of fabric, drawings, photographs, magazine snippets your initial sketches and end result which you could copy into a portfolio if you're very proud of your work.

If you're reading this page-chances are you're already artistic and don't need help in that department, so get your thoughts together or look for inspiration on what you want to draw. Have a scrap book or folder to store your initial ideas and as you improve you can look back and see the difference, practice makes perfect especially with drawing. Although certain people may have more flair, it's ideas that will set you apart. Have some good quality paper too and somewhere to store/show off your work.

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Guide for drawing a face
Start of with an oval shape, lightly pencil a cross through by drawing a vertical line down the centre and a horizontal line through the centre, this gives you a guide where to draw the eyes they should be on the horizontal line and then space the nose and the mouth obviously beneath, make sure you leave enough room for the chin! Stick to that guide and the features will fall into place. Hair is quite easy to add and can fall over the face so you barely have to worry about getting the nose right etc, which is probably the hardest to draw, concentrate on a nostril or simple shading don't go drawing a big triangle with two nostrils, better to have a simple curve like a 'c' shape to highlight area and use pencils like you use make up to blend and highlight the face. Drawing eyes and eyebrows draw the lid of the eye not a circle, the draw the base of the eye not quite so curved! Add upper lashes in pencil stroke in the direction they grow little flicks of the pencil same for eyebrows add small pencil strokes arching the brows above each eye starting from inner side of brow brushing pencil strokes outwards in line with each eye. You can add a few lower lashes but remember to keep them short or your eyes will look like spiders, once you get good at this you can have fun adding eye colour and make up making your drawings really stand out and show your sense of fashion style. Draw lips in line approximately with the centre of the eyes if you were to line them up. Draw the upper lip first then a curved line beneath to give a nice pout shape, again fun adding lippy later. If you're adding hair draw it the way it grows start with some wavy lines starting at the top of the head and cascading down over the shoulders you can use light and dark here to high light and low light for a better effect. When drawing a mans face add bushier eyebrows less length on the lashes and less of a pout possibly a more angular chin just have fun practicing ...


Choosing the right portfolio case. Need help in your search then bear in mind the following:

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Looking for a portfolio case for all your gorgeous drawings, it's quite baffling to wonder which is best we had a look before purchasing a portfolio on amazon the choices were so varied here's a few things to think about first to cut your search time down a little we knew we wanted a more luxurious look but not too expensive it needn't be leather but a leather look which came under soft presentation style more of a model look book (with no handles more of a clutch style) or Presentation Ring Binder Case style so we searched there, for fashion illustration you'd probably want an A4 portfolio soft presentation where you can put your finished drawings in sleeves to protect them, without the handles then you can open and show off your work on a table more than have to open a portfolio with handles that would be better for transporting to college or storing away, if you're in school or college or uni you may need a different style think about transporting, handles, carrying strap and the weather check it's water resistant even check for zip closure also cost if you just need something sturdy and practical try Artist Art and Drawing Art Storage Cases.

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a more expensive but similar version might be under Deluxe Art Portfolio Case

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There's lots to think about including the sizes following are for an approximate guide;

A1 89cm x 66.5cm x 5cm
A2 64cm x 50cm x 5cm
A3 46cm x 41cm x 4cm
A4 37.5cm x 32cm x 4cm

If buying as a gift bear in mind most college courses and Universities have different specifications in general a larger case will be needed whereas a professional will probably opt for smaller for convenience and they would probably not be carrying large original pieces of artwork around more likely to have a high quality print and possibly a digital portfolio disc area too.

Then consider if you will need a carrying handle, strap, zipper, internal straps to keep artwork organized and flat, fabric, leather, leather look, pvc, some come with inner sleeves some you have to purchase such as Portfolio Folder Clear Display Sleeves for Ring Binder Portfolios check size is what you need and they usually come in packs of ten, also check you can actually add more to the portfolio you choose, often there is a limit but maybe that will be enough. We also check the reviews if you are still not sure and see what the reviewer needed it for did it work for GCSE Student, Art Classes, Just for Storage and keeping paper crease free. Don't believe all the reviews but if you read a bad one check why, don't let it put you off if looks like it meets your needs maybe it just wasn't the right choice for their needs. We searched under all departments as that might highlight another one and if you need various sizes we went for A3 and A4 (it is quite possible you will need a larger size for college) in a matching soft style you can often get the same case cheaper from a different seller but might pay more for shipping so check that out too it often is wise to buy from same place then the shipping might be cheaper and at least you know they'll arrive together some are stored by Amazon so they ship for free anyway if over a certain amount currently £20.00 or free if you are a Prime subscriber, if you haven't used Prime you can subscribe for free for a thirty day trial just make a note to cancel before the time is up or you'll be billed for the year which may be of use if you use their TV services etc. If you forget to cancel and get billed for the year I believe you can cancel and will be reimbursed just pay for the additional days you had the service for.
Hope that helps when making your choices and at least things to bear in mind before purchasing.

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Next draw the neck, here we are angling to the left, then draw a dotted line for the centre front crossing line 2 and stopping on line 3, draw a line at a right angle (shoulders) across the neck above line 1 and in the middle towards line 2.

Next add arms and legs, left arm resting elbow on line 2 and continuing the inner arm to line 3 resting wrist on line 3. Right arm resting elbow on line 3 with wrist folding just below line 3 hand reaching line 4. Then draw right leg with knee resting on line 7, arch out slightly on the outer leg drawing the calf down to line 9 where the ankle is and a straight on foot shape touching line 10. Draw the left leg, which is slightly trickier start with the outer line reaching almost to line 7 (knee) angle the leg continuing line inwards ankle reaching line 9. Draw from the inner thigh down towards line 7 and then curving out slightly (shin) and down and curving in (ankle) just before line 9 here you can draw a slight rounded heel as the foot is at a different angle. When adding clothes you'll have option to add a heeled shoe here or have the foot resting on toes and heel elevated.


Now the fun, design some clothes to fit your drawing if you don't have any ideas look through magazines, this is a rough sketch with a little detail the main idea was to get the figure in proportion ... we added eyes on the centre line half way down the oval head shape and used simple wavy strokes for hair here it's falling to the side emphasising the pose

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Hope that is helpful we'll be adding more designs and different poses. Remember once you've got the lines in the right place make a copy, and a good way to use as a template is to use a dark fineliner and place under your drawing paper hopefully you can see it through the paper without needing a lightbox. Keep drawing tweet us your best ones!!

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